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What Does a Native American Lawyer Do?

Native American lawyers specialize in laws that govern Native American tribes. They can represent you if you want to work on or use reservation land, or change your tribe designation. They can also communicate with authority figures, file paperwork, and represent you in court or negotiations.

How Do I Know if I Need a Native American Lawyer?

You may want to consult with a Native American lawyer if:
  • You want to use reservation land
  • You were injured on a reservation
  • Your property was damaged on a reservation
  • You want your tribe to be recognized
  • You want your tribe to be more autonomous
  • You want to claim citizenship of a tribe
If you want to deal with a reservation and you’re having trouble, a Native American lawyer is the place to start.

How Much Does a Native American Lawyer Cost?

Lawyers use different methods of billing, but many Native American lawyers charge an hourly rate. This rate depends on your location and how complex your legal matter is. Discuss your rates up front with your lawyer so you know what to expect.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Native American Lawyer?

You should expect your Native American lawyer to communicate openly with you and the reservation’s leadership or the government. If your legal situation involves an injury or damages, negotiations may be involved. A judge’s ruling may be necessary for your legal costs to be reimbursed. If you’re making a request to use reservation land, there may be a long list of requirements—even after you’re approved. Becoming a recognized or autonomous tribe also requires approval through government channels. A Native American lawyer will have the best information to lead you through the process.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.


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